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Aspartame – Is it safe?

Aspartame – Is it safe?
September 20, 2018 03:16 PM

Aspartame was discovered by accident in 1965, when James Schlatter, a chemist of G.D. Searle Company was testing an anti-ulcer drug. Aspartame was approved for dry goods in 1981 and for carbonated beverages in 1983. Aspartame is the most common artificial sweetener that goes by the names NutraSweet and Equal. Its claim to fame is that it provides a sweet taste without calories. You find aspartame in diet soda, sugar free gum, low-fat yogurt, sugar less candy etc. If something says “low-fat” ...Read more

Can your thoughts influence your health?

Can your thoughts influence your health?
August 20, 2018 03:33 PM

Our mind-body connection is far more powerful than we realize. Our thoughts influence our emotions by the way we experience the world around us. Even when we imagine future situations or visualize potential outcomes, our bodies physically respond to our thoughts. Think of how you react when someone cuts you off in traffic and nearly causes an accident. The incident may only last a moment, and, at that instant, your body immediately prepares for the potential outcome, triggering a surge of ad...Read more

Dealing with Depression

Dealing with Depression
July 12, 2018 10:12 AM

Have you ever suffered from depression? If so, you’re not alone. The World Health Organization estimates that 350 million people suffer from depression worldwide and that it is a leading cause of disability. Fifteen percent of adults will experience depression at least once in their lifetime. Depression knows no bounds. It can impact anyone at any point in their life, regardless of age, gender, medical history, or socioeconomic status. While depression may seem like an invisible condition, t...Read more

Sitting is the New Smoking

Sitting is the New Smoking
July 01, 2018 08:35 PM

On average, how many hours a day do you spend sitting, uninterrupted? One hour? Two hours? Three…or more?   Our ancient ancestors spent much of their time on the move, hunting and gathering to serve their basic needs. Obviously, the balance between movement and fuel has shifted dramatically over time, most notably since the technological revolution.   Unlike our ancestors, we no longer search for food. Instead, we are now on a quest for time, as hours fly by while we’re hunched over a key...Read more

Navigating Your Vegan Diet: A Brief Guide For Beginners

Navigating Your Vegan Diet: A Brief Guide For Beginners
May 23, 2018 06:58 PM

Many people are turning to vegan diets, and not always for the same reasons: some are ethical, some are environmental, and others are for health. Whatever the motive is, it can be a good step towards living a healthier life, but you might need a little help along the way. There are three areas that vegans need to focus on to ensure they get the most out of their diets: finding sources of vitamin B12, D, and fatty acids; getting enough protein; and finding alternatives to the foods you might m...Read more

7 Ways to Rev Up Your Energy!

7 Ways to Rev Up Your Energy!
May 23, 2018 06:46 PM

One of the best indicators that you’re having a great day is the feeling that your energy is high, steady, and that overall you feel good and can enjoy accomplishing the tasks at hand. Maybe it’s that you bounced out of bed that morning, or sang in the shower. It could be that you didn’t need that extra cup of coffee at 3pm, or that you were able to sustain a solid conversation or play games with the kids after dinner.   Now, how often do you have that feeling? Or more importantly, do you ...Read more

Is Your Thyroid Healthy?

Is Your Thyroid Healthy?
May 02, 2018 01:26 PM

Can your thyroid be the reason you can’t lose weight? Is your thyroid working properly? Should you get your thyroid tested? Did you know that a tiny, butterfly shaped gland nestled in your throat is responsible for producing and regulating some of the most important hormones in your body? This mighty gland is called the thyroid, and while it’s relatively small in size, it plays a large role in our endocrine (hormone) system. The thyroid gland produces hormones that interact with many othe...Read more

Lectins - What Are They? Love Them or Leave Them?

Lectins - What Are They? Love Them or Leave Them?
March 27, 2018 08:00 PM

We’re all familiar with that schoolyard rhyme: “beans, beans, they’re good for your heart….” As adults we roll our eyes, but have you ever wondered where the rest of that rhyme came from, or why foods like legumes are so tough to digest? Turns out that most of our foods contain certain compounds that, by nature, are difficult on our digestive systems - because they’re not really meant for our digestive systems at all! Now, that doesn’t mean we can’t tolerate them but more and more research i...Read more

Do you have a Leaky Gut?

Do you have a Leaky Gut?
February 26, 2018 01:25 PM

If you’ve been searching for the root of on-going health issues that just won’t go away, the kind where your doctor - and maybe even your second and third doctor - have tried everything in their arsenals but have come up with only prescriptions that ease symptoms but don’t solve the underlying problem, it’s easy to feel discouraged.   However, if you’ve been keeping up with some of our previous articles, you’ve started to realize just how important our digestive system and gut health are to...Read more

Kick Start Your Metabolism

Kick Start Your Metabolism
January 29, 2018 09:56 PM

Now that we’re through December and well into January and heavy, holiday foods have left us feeling bloated and sluggish, it’s time to figure out how to get back in the swing of things. And, if you’ve set New Year’s Intentions that include healthier eating and activity, then starting with a kick start to your metabolism can help make the difference to living your intentions well.   These are some of our favourite ways to get your metabolism back into gear: Stay Satiated Even if you’re...Read more